Charles Dean Thompson, known by everyone as “Dean,” died Oct. 3 in West Des Moines at the age of 89.
Dean was born Aug. 2, 1930, on the family farm southwest of Grand Junction, the eldest child of Walter and Capitola (Drake) Thompson.
He attended school at Grand Junction Community Schools, graduating with the class of 1948. After graduation, he farmed with his father until entering the Army on Jan. 23, 1951. He was discharged from the Army on Aug. 23, 1952, and continued farming southwest of Grand Junction.
In September of 1953, he met the love of his life, Connie Hanson, at the Starline Ballroom in Carroll. They were united in marriage on Jan. 23, 1954, and shared 65 years together.
Dean and Connie lived and farmed north of Dana, where their first child, Paula, was born. The family then moved back to the family farm southwest of Grand Junction, where they welcomed another daughter, Lynda, and a son, Lance. The couple continued to farm until 1997, when they both retired and moved to Ankeny, where their son, Lance, already resided.
Dean enjoyed his A.M. “coffee” buddies at Hy-Vee, ISU women’s basketball games, going to dances with Connie and some traveling. Dean bought a computer upon retirement and basically taught himself how to navigate the internet. (Connie commented that he was quite “proficient” at it!)
He also enjoyed reading, playing cards, politics and meeting new friends and neighbors.
Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Connie, and his youngest sister, Judy Bennett.
Dean is survived by his children: Paula (Randy) Carrick, of Harvey, N.D.; Lynda (Gary) Geopfert, of Linden; Lance Thompson, of Des Moines; six grandchildren: Lonnie (Stephen), of Chicago; Reid (Amy), of Madison, Wis.; Haley Carrick, of Des Moines; Damon Hoyt, of Tucson, Ariz.; Shane Hoyt, of Maui, Hawaii; Ruby Thompson, of Des Moines; Travis (Nicole) Geopfert and family, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Tyler (Amy) Geopfert and family, of Gilbert, Ariz.; four great-grandchildren: Alex, Ella, Destiny and Harper. Sisters Ardis Kiner, of Grand Junction; Dora lee (Gayle) Morley, of Caldwell, Idaho; sisters-in-law Pauline Irwin, of Jefferson, and Colleen (Nicky) Slaymaker, of Lynnville; many nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service was held Oct. 8 at the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, with words of comfort by the Rev. Mark Rabideau of First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson.
Family memories were provided by Lance, Paula and Lynda.
Music included “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “The Old Rugged Cross” (Alan Jackson) and “Life’s Railway to Heaven” (Johnny Cash).
Military rites were provided by the Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Together, Dean and Connie will be laid to rest at a later date at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.
Services were arranged by the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.